Posted by: onboardtourswhales | June 7, 2012

Transient Killer Whales = Bigg’s Transients

Saturday May 26, 2012

The sun was shining, making a long trip north to Cherry Point to see 4 matrilines of the mammal eating killer whales, an enjoyable boat ride for all the guests- young and old alike! Out of respect for one of the first scientists that photo identified individual killer whales – orcas; Dr. Michael Bigg, Orca Network and others are referring to this ecotype as “Bigg’s Transients”. Science shows biological and cultural differences between the 3 ecotypes, and I suspect they will eventually be scientifically reclassified and renamed.

The 8 killer whales of 3 then 4 groups seemed to be resting taking advantage of the slack water, then spread out, continuing north. On the way up, we spotted very few harbor seals and harbor porpoise heading south, the opposite direction of their predators! Perhaps the whales had already had lunch and the word was out! Extraordinary visibility of the Cascade Mountains with glass pond like waters!

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